Defender of the Year |  Rudy Gobert regrets that his performances are trivialized

Defender of the Year | Rudy Gobert regrets that his performances are trivialized

Three days before the end of the regular season, the debates around individual trophies are logically gaining ground in the NBA media sphere. And while the one around the title of “Most Valuable Player (MVP)” is obviously much more talked about than the others, the one around the title of “Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY)” is also causing talk in the league.

It must be said that this is probably the most undecided ballot of all, with several candidates emerging quite clearly, without a natural and legitimate favorite standing out that much.

Marcus Smart, Bam Adebayo, Mikal Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Draymond Green, Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle… There is no shortage of suitors and they all present serious arguments.

The cream of defenders

Unless it’s still Rudy Gobert who wins the bet, he who is still in the running to glean a fourth record award, tied with Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace. And the pivot of Jazz already has a very precise idea of ​​the criterion which should be observed by the voters, according to him…

There are a lot of great defenders in this league, it’s great that a lot of players want to win this title, but I think it’s all about influence “, he delivers. ” What II mean, who has the most influence on his team? Over the years, I made sure to have a positive influence on the game of my team, in defense. That results in victories. This year again, we are here. We are not as good as last season collectively, but we are still a good defensive team. And when we dwell on the numbers, they don’t lie, they speak for themselves… »

Difficult to prove Rudy Gobert wrong on this point, because he ranks this season…

#1 average defensive rebounds (11.1),
#1 to ” defensive rebound percentage (31.3%),
#2 to the average of contested shots (13.1),
#2 to ” block percentage (67.3%),
#2 to ” percentage points differential » (-6.5%),
#3 the average of blocks (2.1),
#3 to ” defensive win shares (4.1),
No. 6 to the average of box outs » defensive (2.1),
No. 11 to ” defended field goal percentage (42.1%),
No. 14 to ” defensive box plus/minus (1.7),
No. 16 to ” defensive rating » individual (105.1).

Suffice to say that these statistics alone are enough to make the French one of the favorites for the title of Defender of the Year 2022, if not the great favorite. Especially since, to top it off, the Jazz cash on average (and out of 100 possessions) no less than 7 points more without him (112.3) than with him (105.1) on the floor.

Beginning of weariness among voters?

However, even if he is still as influential defensively, is Rudy Gobert not likely to pay for having already won this individual distinction three times in 2018, 2019 and 2021?

Obviously “, he answers bluntly. ” It’s human: when someone does the same thing year after year, without losing regularity, we take it for granted. I knew it was going to happen eventually, but I really felt this season that people were like, ‘Okay, Rudy [Gobert] did that, but let’s see what the others are doing instead. Let’s stop looking at the numbers, let’s stop looking at the influence on the game and go look for more exciting stories elsewhere’. I can’t blame them, even if it’s a bit unfair, because it’s just human. »

Rudy Gobert therefore asks voters not to forget his tangible impact when making their choice.

I’m not the most fun to watch, that’s obvious, but I’ll say it again: stats don’t lie “, he adds. ” All that matters is what you accomplish every night for your team. Highlights and stories can be hyped up and counted, but the numbers speak for themselves in the end. If someone did what I do and had my influence on the game, but his name was not Rudy Gobert, he would be the favorite for Defender of the Year, without a shadow of a doubt. . So why should I be penalized for being so consistent season after season? »

Clear opinion on the MVP

Finally, Rudy Gobert was also invited to give his opinion on the 2022 MVP ballot, in which he could also collect a few votes.

And again, taking into account his own criteria, similar to those set out for the DPOY, the Frenchman would opt for a pivot. Moreover, European and present in the West, in the same division as Jazz…

Several players are doing amazing things this season, but three names come to mind: Nikola Jokic, Joel [Embiid] and Giannis [Antetokounmpo] “, he concedes. ” But again, when you dwell on the influence on the game and think of the name of the trophy, which is ‘Most Valid Player’, I would vote for Jokic if I had the chance. I think he is the most influential of all for his team. »

Defensive rebound percentage (DRB%) : an estimate of the percentage of so-called “available” defensive rebounds recovered by a player in a match. Clearly, the higher the DRB%, the fewer offensive rebounds a player grants to his opponents.

Block percentage (BLK%) : an estimate of the percentage of shots blocked by a player (only on the blocks made) when he is on the floor. Clearly, the higher the BLK%, the more counters a player is in a match.

Percentage point differential (DIFF%) : the difference between a player’s usual shooting percentage and his shooting percentage when he is defended by a particular defender. Clearly, the more the DIFF% is negative, the more a player lowers the shooting percentage of his opponents.

Defensive win shares (DWS) : an estimate of the number of wins a player has contributed through his defensive impact.

box out : Screen delay in French. A “box out”, whether offensive or defensive, consists of putting yourself in opposition to prevent an opponent from capturing a rebound.

Defended field goal percentage (DFG%) : the percentage on shots a player limits an attacker to when he is in the position of the closest defender. Simply put, the lower the DFG%, the more clumsy a player makes attackers when around them.

Defensive plus/minus (or defensive box plus/minus) : an estimate of the number of points (out of 100 possessions) to which a player has contributed, by his defense, when he is on the floor.

Defensive rating (DRTG) : an estimate of the number of points collected by a player, or a team, out of 100 possessions.

Rudy Gobert Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2013-14 UTH 45 10 48.6 0.0 49.2 1.1 2.3 3.4 0.2 1.3 0.2 0.7 0.9 2.3
2014-15 UTH 82 26 60.4 0.0 62.3 3.2 6.2 9.5 1.3 2.1 0.8 1.4 2.3 8.4
2015-16 UTH 61 32 55.9 0.0 56.9 3.4 7.5 11.0 1.5 2.7 0.7 1.9 2.2 9.1
2016-17 UTH 81 34 66.1 0.0 65.3 3.9 8.9 12.8 1.2 3.0 0.6 1.8 2.6 14.0
2017-18 UTH 56 32 62.2 0.0 68.2 3.0 7.8 10.7 1.4 2.7 0.8 1.9 2.3 13.5
2018-19 UTH 81 32 66.9 0.0 63.6 3.8 9.0 12.9 2.0 2.9 0.8 1.6 2.3 15.9
2019-20 UTH 68 34 69.3 0.0 63.0 3.4 10.1 13.5 1.5 3.2 0.8 1.9 2.0 15.1
2020-21 UTH 71 31 67.5 0.0 62.3 3.4 10.1 13.5 1.3 2.3 0.6 1.7 2.7 14.3
2021-22 UTH 63 32 70.8 0.0 69.2 3.7 11.1 14.8 1.1 2.7 0.7 1.8 2.1 15.4
Total 608 30 65.2 0.0 63.8 3.3 8.3 11.7 1.3 2.6 0.7 1.7 2.2 12.4

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